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2017 Equipment Assistance Grants for Local Educational Agencies

Grants to Maryland LEAs for Equipment
to Improve School Meal Programs

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Deadline Date:

12/22/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 to Maryland local education agencies to purchase equipment to improve the quality of school meal programs or increase participation in the National School Lunch Program. Requests may be for equipment replacements, new equipment, the refurbishment or repair of equipment, and installation costs.


1. Schools with 50 percent or more of the students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

2. Schools that did not receive a previous NSLP Equipment Grant award under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the FY 2010, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015, and FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Acts.

3. LEAs that justify the need for equipment based on the following criteria:
a. Equipment used to improve or expand participation in the NSLP and/or the School Breakfast Program;
b. Age of current food service equipment or lack of appropriate equipment;
c. Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the school meal programs;
d. Equipment that improves the overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations;
e. Equipment that improves the nutrition and quality of meals (e.g. replacing fryers with combination steamer-ovens);
f. Equipment that promotes smarter lunchrooms (e.g. lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student population, highlighting healthier choices); and
g. The availability of existing State and local funding for equipment purchases.

Equipment is defined as tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.

The State of Maryland has established a threshold of $5,000. All individual items requested under this grant must be valued at $5,000 or more, unless the LEA has established a lower threshold.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151119

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 – 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated Range of Awards: $5,000 to $75,000

Term of Contract:

The performance period is two years (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LEAs participating in the National School Lunch Program are eligible.

Costs incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Notification of awards will be sent no later than January 31, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:

Bruce Schenkel

Program contact:

Michial A. Gill, Ph.D., Director of Grants Administration
Office: 410-767-3170
Mobile: 410-371-6955
Fax: 410-333-6033

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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USA: Maryland